After sweeping NAIA Voorhees College last weekend, the Eagles continued their hot hitting in Hialeha, Florida, where they faced USCAA Florida National University. The Eagles totaled 28 runs over 23 innings in the series as they took two out of three. With wins on Friday night and in Saturday’s Game 1, Trinity extended its winning streak to six before FNU salvaged the series finale Saturday afternoon.
Friday Night: Eagles 6, FNU 3
Uriah Brewer allowed one earned run in 5 1/3 innings, and the Eagles had a five-run third to win Friday night’s series opener. Jordan Keys was 2 for 5 with 2 RBI, and Jon Shiver had three hits and scored a run in five trips to the plate. Shiver, David Hall, Keys (2), and Christian Draper all drove in runs in that big third inning, and A.J. Alexio added two hits and a run scored for the Eagles. Alexio also drove in Kelvin George with a big insurance run in the sixth.
Austin Hiller worked the final 2 2/3 innings to earn the save. Hiller allowed two runs on five hits and pitched a perfect ninth inning to close the door on Florida National’s comeback effort.
Saturday Game 1: Eagles 16, FNU 5
The offense exploded for 16 runs with 12 of them coming in the first three innings. The Eagles scored three runs in the first, seven in the second, and two more in the third before FNU crossed the plate in the bottom of the third. By then, Shiver had the win well in hand as he allowed only one unearned run on one hit in five innings pitched.
Keys (3 for 5, 2 R) continued his RBI output with three, and Nick Mackedon (3 for 3, 3 R) matched him. The two combined for a 6-for-8, 6-RBI, 5-R performance in leading the Eagles to a big win. Matt Carter was also 2 for 3 with 1 R and 3 RBI, and Alexio had two hits and scored twice. Draper (2), Hall (2), George (1), and David Quevedo (2) all crossed the plate as well.
The win was Trinity’s sixth consecutive victory.
Saturday Game 2: FNU 10, Eagles 6
Florida National scored six runs in the bottom of the sixth to come from behind and win the series finale. Trailing 6-4 when the inning started, FNU batted around and got RBI’s from five different men, including a two-run single to complete the scoring.
Trinity took that 6-4 lead with a four-run fourth inning that included RBI’s from George (single), Hall (hit batsman), and Carter (two-run single). Both Hall and Carter also drove in runs in the third.
Michael Cohick started and allowed one earned run on six hits in five innings. He walked one and struck out one.
The Eagles have two series remaining on the regular-season schedule. The team will travel to Toccoa Falls College on April 20 (single game) and 21 (double-header) and then play a home-and-home series with Edward Waters College on April 27 and 28. April 27 is a single game at Trinity, and April 28 is a double-header at historic J.P. Small Memorial Park downtown.
The NCCAA South Region Tournament is at Trinity from May 8-11.
–Raymond Bureau, TBC